Owls come out on top in swimming meet

For the Tribune

The Seymour swim teams both won their opening event, the 200-meter medley relay, and led most of the way to defeat Hoosier Hills Conference foe New Albany at the Seymour pool Tuesday night.

The Seymour girls won eight of the 12 events to pile up a 122-58 win, while the boys won 10 events coasting to a 114-69 victory.

Owls coach Dave Boggs said he thinks his teams are definitely heading in the right direction.

“We’re swimming well right now,” Boggs said. “We’re really not doing silly mistakes. They’re swimming hard, tired and smart right now, and we’re very pleased with that. We swam a little bit off tonight to see if we could find some surprises. We tried some girls and guys in other events that might be a possibility for them down the road. We try to make sure everyone is where they want to be so we have the lineup set by the time conference comes around.”

Boggs said one of the reasons he is trying different people in various events is to try to build depth. He hopes to have three strong swimmers in each individual event.

The Seymour girls swept the freestyles with Katie Turner winning the 200 and 500, Allison Hayes winning the 50 and Kenzie Persinger taking the 100.

Sarah Montgomery won the 100 backstroke, and the Owls won all three relays.

Topping the Seymour boys were Jon Montgomery and Noah Bullard. Montgomery won the 100 and 200 freestyle, and Bullard came home first in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

Other individual winners for the Owls were Skylar Cash in the 500 free, Jack Vance in the 50 free, and Joseph Graham in diving. Seymour also won all three relays.

“We’re very happy where we are in the season right now and in our training,” Boggs said. “(Younger swimmers) are progressing very well on the learning curve. They’re dropping times.”

The Owls (2-2) will play host to the annual ‘S’ Invitational Saturday with Salem, Scottsburg, Silver Creek, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County and South Ripley competing, beginning at 10 a.m.

“It’s kind of a fun meet, other teams enjoy coming here,” Boggs said. We have a nice facility here compared to what they have. It’s a chance to get a lot of dual meets in that day. It’s set like an individual, but it’s scored as a six-way dual meet.”